HOOKSETT — The seventh-ranked Pinkerton Academy of Derry Astros scored three goals in the third period to defeat No. 10 Hanover, 5-2, in the first round of the NHIAA Division I ice hockey tournament at the Ice Den Wednesday.
Pinkerton (9-8-2) moves on to face No. 2 Salem (15-2-1) Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Icenter in Salem. Hanover's season ends at 7-11-1. The game was tight early before the Astros began to pull away.
"They were good in the first and it was a great road playoff period for them, to come out with the score tied 0-0," Pinkerton coach Joey Lee said of Hanover. "I thought the game was a bit tense. As the game went on I thought we got better. Guys started to loosen up, stopped gripping that stick so tight and we found our identity."
Leading 2-1 after two periods, Pinkerton extended to a 3-1 lead at 1:43 of the third. Sophomore Tyler Poole's wrist shot from the left circle beat Marauders freshman goalie Luke Ratliff stick-side inside the near post.
Junior Gio Corsetto made it 4-1 at 12:35, redirecting a cross-slot pass from Stephen Leonard. Hanover responded to cut the lead to 4-2 on a Shawn Cavallaro goal slipped through the five-hole of Brendan Murphy off a Gus Lyons' feed at 13:12.
But Pinkerton would strike the last blow, getting an empty net goal from Ryan Christie with 1:01 remaining to ice the game at 5-2
"Pinkerton, they're forwards are just flying all over the place," Hanover coach Dick Dodds said. "Their feet are always moving. It's a tough matchup for us defensively. We had a hard time keeping track of where they were and it helped generate a lot of offense for them and kept us on our heels."
The Astros opened the scoring at 6:13 of the second period. Corsetto made a pass from behind the net to Ethan Landry, who finished with a shot low to the far post. Pinkerton seemed to surge off that goal, but Hanover tied the game at 10:11 when Lyons' came out from behind the net and put a shot off Murphy's mask and into the net.
Pinkerton responded with a goal less than two minutes later to go on top 2-1. Joshua Barton carried the puck behind the net on the left side, drawing Ratliff with him before sliding the puck back to Ryan Monte in the slot for a shot into the open right side of the cage.
"That's a sign of our growth. If that happens to us two months ago, it's a whole different outcome," Lee said of Hanover tying the game. "We got the goal, the next three shifts we're pinning them in their zone, they come down and pop one in. That happens to us two months ago, the shoulders drop and the youth of our team (shows). But we got right back to the grind."
The Astros are 0-2 against Salem this season, losing 4-1 early in the slate and 2-1 last week. The matchup with the Blue Devils will take place at the same time as the game between No. 3 Londonderry and No. 6 Bishop Guertin of Nashua, also being played at the Icenter at 9:20 on the other sheet of ice.
"We're excited. Salem is a great team. (A record of) 15-2-1 isn't a mistake," Lee said. "We're still 0-2 (against them), but we played them hard. It's going to be a great game. Londonderry and BG on the other sheet, the quarterfinals, it's going to be great."ionships-Accenture Match Play Championship last month and posted a tie for 13th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
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